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All the Times Trump Downplayed COVID-19 Right Up Until Thursday Night

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If there’s one thing that has been consistent during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is President Trump’s steadfast denial of the seriousness of the virus and his relentless mockery of people who take precautions. He called out his opponent Joe Biden for wearing a mask as recently as this week at the first presidential debate and has held rally after rally in closed spaces, potentially exposing tens of thousands of people to the virus. Even after hearing his aide Hope Hicks had contracted the virus on Thursday night, he told an event, “the end of the pandemic is in sight.”

From the beginning, Trump has belittled, berated, and bullied the cautious while taking great risks that have finally caught up to him with the announcement of his positive diagnosis early Friday morning.

In March, he called COVID-19 fears an invention by the Democratic Party. “Now, the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus,” he told reporters in March. “This is their new hoax.”

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